LA Tenorio is holding off the celebrations for his 34th birthday until Ginebra advances to the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
And he doesn’t mind if the birthday gift he desires comes two days late. Truth be told, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Yun talaga ang gusto ko. To win this one and of course, yung sa Wednesday. Talagang perfect birthday gift yun sa akin,” he said after the Gin Kings took Game One of their quarterfinal joust from Meralco, 88-81 on Monday, the same day he turned a year older.
“Masarap kung makumpleto namin yun this week. So we'll try to finish the series on Wednesday.”
Tenorio couldn’t help but smile looking at the path Ginebra took to be in this position, a win away from advancing to the Final Four after starting off the conference 1-5.
“It would be nice to really go all the way sa storya namin this conference coming from the bottom of the standings," he said. "Akala nga namin talagang mahihirapan na kami but again, nagawa namin."
"Iniisip namin ayaw naman namin sayangin yung mga pinaghirapan namin, lahat ng hardwork na ginawa namin for the past games since nandito na kami. So better to do it with the best of our abilities,” he added.
But Tenorio doesn’t expect Meralco to roll over and hand Ginebra the easy win, especially considering the rivalry these two franchises have fostered over the last few seasons.
“We know that the game on Wednesday is not gonna be easy. It’s a bit more hard than this game, actually, and we’re expecting that,” he said. “We know how to play in the series. We know naman how coach Norman (Black) adjusts and as for Meralco, hindi sila basta-basta magpapatalo.”
“Hopefully, sa Wednesday ma-overcome namin sila and advance sa next round para naman maka-celebrate ako. Hindi ako makapag-celebrate eh,” he said with a chuckle.